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Kohli calls for relocation of Jaipur elephant

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian captain Thursday penned a letter on behalf of (PETA) India, calling on Rajasthan's to relocate an elephant, known as 'Number 44', to a rehabilitation facility.

A group of American tourists had witnessed eight men violently beating an elephant at in June last year, and the animal is still being forced to give rides.

"As a professional cricketer, I am proud to represent our country, but when I learned about the hateful attack on 'Number 44' last June, I felt so ashamed," wrote in the letter.

"Violence against animals is completely unacceptable, not to mention illegal, and our nation cannot fail elephants this way. I beseech you to start helping them by transferring Number 44 to a reputable rehabilitation facility where she can get the care she needs, socialise with others of her kind, and live free from chains, abuse, and fear."

Kohli's letter follows India's complaint to the of the Forest Department, which resulted in a show-cause notice being issued to 'Number 44's' custodian, Wasid Khan, holding him responsible for the abuse.

The notice stated that an investigation carried out by the regional forest officer for Zoo along with a photograph supplied by the American witness indicated that the elephant was treated cruelly, in apparent violation of numerous animal-protection laws.

The police also registered an FIR against the unidentified men under Sections 429 and 289 of the Indian Penal Code for mistreating the elephant and putting the public at risk. However, Khan continues to use the animal for rides.

whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to use for entertainment" notes that captive elephants, such as the ones forced to give rides in Jaipur, are controlled under the threat of beatings.

They are often denied and veterinary care, and routinely suffer from foot problems and arthritis because they're forced to stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time. Many develop neurotic forms of behaviour and die prematurely.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 15:30 IST
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